Narrative, Political Violence and Social Change is a call for engaging actively and critically with the ontological, epistemological, and methodological implications of narrative in the study of political violence and terrorism.
Building on a basic framework of three modes of narrative – as lens, as data, and as tool – the chapters in this book demonstrate how the study of political violence and terrorism benefits from narrative inquiry as an interdisciplinary endeavour, in particular as regards diverging perceptions of social reality, the meanings of belonging, and the human drive for change. They showcase the substantial advances that scholars have made in this field to date and identify promising avenues for further research.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.
PART 1: Narrative approaches to deradicalisation and counter-terrorism
1. Disengagement from Political Violence and Deradicalization: A Narrative-Dialogical Perspective
Raquel da Silva, Pablo Fernández-Navarro, Miguel M. Gonçalves, Catarina Rosa and Joana Silva
2. Cultivating Trust and Perceptions of Source Credibility in Online Counternarratives Intended to Reduce Support for Terrorism
Kurt Braddock and John F. Morrison
PART 2: Narrative criminology and right-wing violence
3. When Being Bad is Good? Bringing Neutralization Theory to Subcultural Narratives of Right-Wing Violence
Sarah Colvin and Daniela Pisoiu
4. Telling the Story of the National Socialist Underground (NSU): A Narrative Media Analysis
PART 3: Re-considering violent conflicts
5. Peacebuilding Beyond Terrorism? Revisiting the Narratives of the Basque Conflict
6. Recognizing Victims of Political Violence: Basque Literary Narratives as an Ethical Tool
Irene G. Madina, Galo Bilbao and Angela Bermudez